Directly after the delivery, your baby will be placed on your belly or chest. The hearthbeat and breathing of your baby will stabilize because of the skin-to-skin contact with you or the father.
When you catch breath, the following things will happen:
- The baby will be dried and warm towels will be placed around your baby to keep him warm
- We check your baby’s hearthbeat, breath, muscle tension, reflexes and crying. The results of this check are called the Apgar-score
- You can start breastfeeding within 30 minutes. Your midwife or maternity nurse can help you.
- When the hearthbeat of the baby is no longer felt in the umbilical coard, it can be cut. You, your partner or the midwife can do this.
- When the hearthbeat of the baby is no longer felt in the umbilical coard, the placenta can be born. In most cases this happens within 30 minutes. You can feel light contractions and you have to push a little bit. Sometimes your midwife presses your belly to help you.
- Your midwife or maternity nurse checks if your uterus has contracted well to avoid too much blood loss. She presses your belly to feel if your uterus is hard. In the first hour after the delivery she’ll do so a couple of times. It can be unpleasent. If it hurts, tell your midwife.
- Your midwife checks if you need stitches. If so, in most cases she’ll do this right away. Very occasionally this is not possible, for example if your anus or mucosa are torn (a so alled ‘total rupture’) If this is the case you have to go to the hospital, so a gynaecologist can do your stitches.
If you gave birht at home
After the delivery the maternity nurse stays with you for a couple of hours to help you. If you gave birth in the evening, the next morning there will come a new maternity nurse. If you gave birth during the day, she’ll often be replaced by a colleague.
If you gave birth in the hospital
If everything went well, you can go home after a couple of hours. Remember to call the maternity nurse as soon as possible. This is only possible within hours.
If there is not a maternity nurse yet, save all your baby’s diapers. This way the maternity nurse can check if the baby has peed or pooped.
After the delivery you have a large loss of blood, sometimes with clots. This is completely normal. If you soaked 2 maternity napkins within 30 minutes, this is too much. You have to call us if this happens, day or night. 2 clots the size of your fist within 30 minutes is also a reason to call us.
You have to urinate within 6 hours after the delivery. The best way is to try this immediately after the delivery under the shower. Drink lots of fluids after your delivery and go to the restroom often. Sometimes you don’t feel it when your bladder is full.
The baby must be reported within 3 working days. This has to happen at a district office in Amsterdam if the baby was born in Amsterdam. If the baby was born in Abcoude, this has to happen in Mijdrecht. If the baby was born in Amstelveen, this has to happen in Amstelveen.
Bring an i.d., and if the baby has been licensed in this pregnancy you also have to bring this documents.
If you are breastfeeding, try to nurse every 2-3 hours, the first 24 hours. Preferably both breasts. This way the breastfeeding will start as soon as possible. Nurse your baby at least 8-12 times per 24 hours. Try not to feed on the clock, but nurse your baby when he is awake or asks for it. For more information you can the the page about breastfeeding.
If you give formula, the baby gets the first day 10 cc, every 3 hours.